Urgent help needed Deaths of bennies

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  1. flamming angel

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    Hi All

    Happy year to everyone.

    I was away for 2 weeks and when I got back yesterday my tank seemed fine. All was good until I noticed some fish dead. My lawnmower benny, tail spot benny and sleeper goby where found dead on the crushed coral. All other fish and inverts are fine. Any ideas on what can be causing the death?

    LS

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    Any ideas will be appreciated.

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    Water parameters? What wrasses do you have?
     
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    who fed the fish while you were gone.

    And RO topup, did they do that correctly?
     
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    Were there any power failures whilst you were away? Could have been a oxygen problem, blennies would be the first to go in this scenario.
     
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    My guess is predator
    Blennies are ground/rock hugging, easy for crabs to get them.

    It could be something else, any skin damage? Swollen bellies?
     
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    Blennies have more low oxygen tolerance than most fish, seeing as a lot of species live in stagnant rockpools for most of their existence. Tangs would have gone first.

    I'm thinking more starvation. Tangs eating all the algae, leaving nothing for the two blennies. Sleeper gobies are always prone to starvation without a deep sand bed in the display, unless you're feeding 3 times a day.
     
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    yes, from what i have been told, blennies and gobies should be dewormed as in the wild the parasites dont kill the fish due to abundance of food, but in captivity the general feeding once or twice a day is not enough
     
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    water parameters all okay.

    Had a feeder on with just flakes. RO topup was automated.

    no signs on the body of any damages or bites etc.

    Maybe it was the lack of food and I fed less through the feeder?
     
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    starvation is my guess, flakes dont feed well through feeders, i use pellets and feed 6 times a day to make sure all get, then feed frozen at night, flakes in the morning diluted in water so they sink
     
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    okay so been monitoring and no deaths thus far.
     
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